Book review: How Bizarre by Simon Grigg

How Bizarre: Pauly Fuemana and the Song that Stormed the World by Simon Grigg, Awa Press, ISBN9781927249222, RRP $38 Is there any New Zealander, anywhere in the world who wouldn’t immediately know exactly what one was talking about if one simply said “How bizarre”? In 1995 and 1996 Pauly Fuemana and Alan Jansson, as Otara […]

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Book review: Stroppy Old Women

Stroppy Old Women compiled by Paul Little and Wendyl Nissen, Paul Little Books, ISBN9780473258603, RRP $34.99 52 stroppy old women (one for every week of the year!) capture their thoughts on what’s wrong with the world and how it can be fixed. Stroppy Old Women follows on from Grumpy Old Men 1 & 2, though with […]

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Book review: Travel Bites by the Hungry Traveller

Travel Bites by the Hungry Traveller, Wattle Publishing, ISBN 9781908959133, purchase direct Two things are guaranteed to get people sharing photos on social media. One is travel. The other is food.* Travel Bites combines both in a quick easy read. The only downside? No photos. Sad face. Still, there are recipes which is damn awesome. […]

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An Unreal House Filled with Real Storms – Elizabeth Knox

Not so much a book as a … bound pamphlet? (in the traditional sense), An Unreal House Filled with Real Storms is a print edition of Elizabeth Knox’s inaugural Margaret Mahy Memorial Lecture, that she originally delivered in August 2014. How lucky those were who could be there to hear it! Just reading it is a […]

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A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett

A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett, foreword by Neil Gaiman, Doubleday, ISBN 9780857521224, RRP $54.99 “Terry Pratchett,” writes Neil Gaiman in the foreword to this tome, “is not a jolly old elf at all.” Oh readers, did any of us really think he was? Can anyone read the words of Death […]

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